Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
A group of reckless, hapless recent college graduates and old friends meander into a crumbling decrepit penitentiary on a sweltering day. One never walks out. Decades later, when the body is found, the remaining survivors must confront their knowledge and participation in what happened, in varying degrees of responsibility and honesty. Their lives are no longer as intertwined as they were when the incident occurred, but it has left an indelible mark on all of them. One man, celebrity chef Jon Casey, is charged with the crime and his friend can testify to his innocence, but only at the cost of revealing a long-held secret. If this sounds at all dreary, let me assure you, that’s far from the truth. It’s intellectual, thrilling, dark and mysterious. It’s twisty and entertaining. It’s a wonderfully composed tale of people exploring the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love. Fans of The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly will love Long Black Veil.